HSPT Scholarships

Mercy High School recognizes the achievements of outstanding young women who place in the top most percentiles of their peers locally and nationally on the High School Placement Test. The following two Academic Scholarships are offered to 9th grade students for their Freshman year and may be renewed if the required GPA is maintained. Retakes are not permitted on the HSPT. The scholarships are awarded based on the first HSPT a student takes.

*It is the responsibility of the parents/guardians or student to submit the renewal application for consideration each year. Students are required to maintain a 3.75 or above cumulative GPA and attach a copy of their powerschool grades to the renewal application. Please note that requests for renewal are not retroactive and will no longer be accepted after the deadline.


President’s Scholarship – President’s Scholarship is awarded to students who score 95th thru 99th percentiles on the High School Placement Test. A $2,500 scholarship is awarded to an incoming 9th grade student for Freshman year. Scholarship may be renewed each school year by maintaining a 3.75 or above cumulative GPA.

Principal’s Scholarship – The Principal’s Scholarship is awarded to students who score in the 90th thru 94th percentiles on the High School Placement Test. A $1,500 scholarship is awarded to an incoming 9th grade student for Freshman year. Scholarship may be renewed each school year by maintaining a 3.75 or above cumulative GPA.

Merit Scholarship Awards – Due to the COVID Pandemic, the High School Placement Test requirement for the 2021-22 school year was waived.  Students were notified with their acceptance letter if they qualified for the Merit Scholarship in the amount of $1,000.  This award is renewable yearly if a 3.75 GPA is maintained.

Legacy Scholarship – Established for the 2022-2023 School year in the amount of $1,000.  Awardees are the daughters or granddaughters of an alumna and the scholarship is intended to encourage the continuance of a strong Mercy family tradition.  This award is renewable yearly if a 2.75 GPA is maintained.

  1. The Admissions Office will notify recipients of the President’s and Principal’s Scholarship by mail.
  2. Students receiving these awards must submit a renewal form each year.
  4. If you have received a President or Principals Scholarship in the past, you may renew for the dollar amount granted at the time of admission as long as the required GPA is maintained.


Mercy High School is grateful to our friends and donors who have generously established the Named Scholarships listed below as part of our Financial Aid Program. These gifts create a legacy that will enable Mercy High School to continue to offer learning opportunities for future generations of Women Who Make a Difference. Scholarships are made possible by donor contributions to the Annual Appeal Fund and separate Endowment funds enabling students in need of financial aid to attend Mercy who otherwise would not be able to do so. Thank you!

The following Named Scholarships are part of the Mercy Financial Aid Program.

Alumnae Association Tuition Assistance Fund

The Bernard and Mildred Allen Scholarship

Babicz Endowed Fund

The Juli Barlett Memorial Scholarship

Beth & Laura Beson Endowed Fund

Sister Mary Timothy Brown, RSM Fund

The Buersmeyer/Brankiewicz Scholarship

Vanessa and Lara Carioni Memorial Fund

Mercy Dads Club Scholarship Endowment Fund

John D. and Jean E. Dinan Foundation Scholarship

Sister Regina Marie Doelker, RSM Endowed Fund

Doris J. Duchene & Donald L. Duchene Sr. Foundation Scholarship

Jeanine M. Ellis Memorial Scholarship

Mary Farley Scholarship Fund

The Falvo Family Fund

Patrick and Barbara Hackett Scholarship

Lynn A. (Calcaterra) Hall Endowed Fund

The Julie Kay Horn Memorial Art Scholarship

Dr. Claire Smith Hornung Memorial Scholarship

Sister Mary Ignatius, RSM Fund

Andrea Jackson Memorial Scholarship Fund

Sister Mary Camille Kelley, RSM Scholarship

Lobbia Family Endowed Fund

The Maynard Hope Scholarship

Meg Mallon Scholarship Fund

Polcyn Family Scholarship

Sister Mary Victorine Rapin, RSM Scholarship

Ethel Rayson Memorial Scholarship

Catherine Repucci Memorial Fund

The Sarin and Shepanek Family Scholarship

The Elizabeth Scharret Memorial Scholarship

Rita and William Valade, Sr. Endowed Fund

Wendy Wahl Denno Memorial Scholarship

Catherine and George Wright Sr. Endowed Scholarship

The Sisters of Mercy McAuley Center Scholarship


The Mary Jean Shannon Memorial Scholarship is a four-year grant established in Mary Jean’s memory through the McNish Foundation and will be available for the 2025-26 school year. She was very involved in numerous Mercy High School extracurricular activities, served as Student Council President and graduated Salutatorian of the Class of 1950. This scholarship was established to help a young woman who otherwise is unable to gain access to the wonderful education that Mercy High School provides. In turn, it is the hope of the McNish Foundation to inspire a young woman at Mercy High School to be a ‘woman who makes a difference” just like Mary Jean Shannon who continued to serve others throughout her lifetime.

Criteria: Demonstrate need for financial assistance in order to attend Mercy High School; hold a minimum grade point average of 3.0; demonstrate involvement in extracurricular activities or volunteer service. Preference is given to a student living in the City of Detroit.

The Mary Jean Shannon Memorial Scholarship is currently awarded and will be available for application for the 2025-26 school year. It is renewable if the student maintains the following criteria:

  1. A minimum of 3.0 grade point average.
  2. The student and family is required to fill out the FACTS Management application along with the scholarship renewal form each year in order to be considered for renewal. Please submit it to the President's office, Attention: Mercy Financial Aid Committee.
  3. Follows a college preparatory curriculum
  4. Demonstrates continued need for financial assistance in order to attend Mercy High School.
  5. Demonstrates involvement in the life of the school by the student and her parents or guardians.
  6. Demonstrates volunteer service to her school, church, or community.
  7. Provides the McNish Family Foundation Board semi-annual updates on her progress in school, including extra-curricular activities.


The Mary Gregory Memorial Scholarship Foundation (TMGMSF), a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was formed to find and support female individuals, driven by passion to reach out to those in need. With primary education being of extreme importance in developing young minds and the cost of that education increasing, TMGMSF will provide scholarships to deserving high school juniors and seniors who have proven academically and through community service, to be exemplary in developing themselves and in helping others. The TMGMSF Scholarship Program seeks to invest in those who are exemplary role models in their community and who have the initiative to fulfill their educational and community service goals. Scholarship aid is available to currently enrolled SOPHOMORES and JUNIORS. Click here to download 2021 application due April 19, 2021. Award notification will be sent directly from the Mary Gregory Memorial Scholarship Foundation.


The Circle of Mercy is a group of people interested in helping make it possible for young women to attend Mercy High School by providing scholarships and tuition assistance. Their support may be structured as an endowed scholarship fully funded or funded over time. It can also take the form of a financial commitment over a specific period of time (usually 4 years or more), to be used for tuition assistance. This special group of donors will be acknowledged in a special section of our Annual Report. Donors who establish endowed scholarships or make a long-term commitment to financial assistance may be able to meet the specific student that they are sponsoring.